A Different Kind of Daughter (Hardcover)
The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight
Twelve, 9781455591411, 368pp.
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/2/2016)
Enter Jonathon Power, the first North American to earn the title of top squash player in the world, and the only person to heed Maria's plea for help. Recognizing her determination and talent, Jonathon invited Maria to train and compete internationally in Canada. After years of living on the run from the Taliban, Maria packed up and left the only place she had ever known to move halfway across the globe and pursue her dream. Now Maria is well on the way to becoming a world champion as she continues to be a voice for oppressed women everywhere.
About the Author
Katharine Holstein has lived throughout Europe and North America. Working with actors, personalities and producers, she creates original material for both print and screen. Her writing has sold around the world.
Praise For A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight…
"An intimate look into the lives of women in one of the most hostile places on earth that the eyes of foreigners rarely see. Maria, through courage, defiance, and a supportive family, managed to beat the odds and survive the kind of prejudice and persecution that kills or destroys many other women in the region. A testimony to the resilience of the human spirit."—Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Teheran
A "powerful memoir... The harrowing details of her story include human rights abuses and shameful treatment of women, and Toorpakai's personal account gets to the truth of the matter in a uniquely powerful way."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A vivid personal account of a courageous young woman standing up to one of the world's most oppressive theocracies."—Kirkus Reviews
"This astonishing and inspirational memoir chronicles more than Maria's life; it also relates the story of her parents, an incredible couple, who, despite the odds, fought for the betterment and education of themselves, their children, and the Pakistani people."—Library Journal
"With clarity and captivating sincerity, Toorpakai illuminates the struggles of living under the threat of violence simply because she dreamed of becoming her own champion."—Booklist
"A DIFFERENT KIND OF DAUGHTER is a sports memoir for people who don't care about sports...vivid and engaging, [it] unfolds in one dramatic scene after another...Vividly written and consistently engaging."—The Columbus Dispatch